Making A Difference in Our County
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.
4-H Youth Development
The Camden County 4-H program focuses on life-skill development, stress management, college preparation, workforce development, coastal awareness, special interest clubs and summer programming. Through competitions and club meetings, members learn about life skills, college preparation and future career skills. Staff and volunteers led special-interest club meetings about marine science, poultry, cooking, rocks, and arts and crafts. These clubs met monthly during the school year and had 25 to 50 members each. 4-H staff shared Yoga for Kids with schools and college summer camp, teaching about mindful relaxation and exercise for health. Summer programs kept the 4-H’ers engaged in learning, including multiple day camps in marine science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, a babysitting workshop and fun trips. This year was the first annual Exhibit Fair at the Kingsland Catfish Festival and the Photo Poultry Show with the Poultry Club. 4-H staff shared information from an Ocean to Table Seafood Workshop with Marine Extension at club meetings, summer programs, festivals and online.
Agricultural and Natural Resources
The Camden County Extension office offers many agriculture and natural resources services to local clientele. The office offers soil, water and plant analyses through the university’s laboratories, as well as in-office and on-site consultations on issues such as pond management, lawn health and maintenance, gardening issues and strategies, water quality and land-use decisions.
Camden County Extension first diagnosed citrus greening, a disease affecting all species of citrus and some related ornamentals, in the county in 2016. Since then, efforts have been made to better educate both citizens and professionals on the disease and the threat it poses to Georgia’s citrus industry and economy. The Agriculture and Natural Resources agent has given a number of presentations both locally and at statewide meetings to educate and spread awareness. She was interviewed on citrus greening for a piece that aired on the Georgia Farm Monitor and may also be found through YouTube. The agent has worked closely with colleagues in Florida both in sample diagnosis and in creating innovative solutions to address the problem. There is currently no regulatory protocol on reporting, handling or disposal of diseased trees. These are issues that have been discussed with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The agent, along with Extension administration, the Georgia Citrus Growers Association and the Georgia Department of Agriculture, are working on a plan of action to increase education efforts across the state, as well as track the movement and infestation of the disease’s vector, the Asian citrus psyllid.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Although Camden County Extension does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences agent based in the office, we strive to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions regard food safety, food preservation and treating mold and mildew. These topics and others are answered through a wide variety of free UGA Extension publications available at the county office or by phone conferences with Family and Consumer Sciences agents in surrounding counties.